Comeback Falls Short For Women's Water Polo

San Jose-San Jose State scored four goals and held #5 Hawaii scoreless in the fourth quarter, but the Spartans comeback fell short in a 12-9 loss to the Rainbow Wahine in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at the Aquatics Center Thursday afternoon.

 

Behind 12-5 after three quarters, San Jose State got three goals from freshman Timi Molnar and another from junior Allie Stewart in the fourth quarter.  Molnar scored her sixth goal of the day with 39 seconds left in the match to make the score 12-9.  The team then forced a Hawaii turnover with 12 seconds left in the match but could not get any closer to the Rainbow Wahine.

 

"Timi had an outstanding match today.  She is a great shooter and proved it today.  We had to shoot more from the outside today because Hawaii plays good inside defense.  Timi moved her game to the outside and was productive for us," said Spartan head coach Lou Tully.

 

Hawaii started the match quickly, scoring goals on three of the team's first four possessions and taking a 4-0 lead before Molnar scored San Jose State's first goal of the day with 2:29 remaining in the first quarter.  Hawaii added a goal to finish the quarter with a 5-1 lead.

 

The Spartans scored two goals in the second period and two in the third to get to 12-5 after three periods.  Molnar scored both goals in the second quarter, and Molnar and Dani Curran each scored in the third quarter.

 

"We had a bad start to the match and cannot make mistakes early in a match," said Tully.  "We had to climb out of a hole and could not recover.  In the second half, we stopped making mistakes and protected the ball.  We were able to score and played much tougher."

 

San Jose State is now 6-3 overall and 0-1 in the MPSF.  The team plays at the Stanford Invitational this Saturday and Sunday.  The Spartans play California at 9:40 a.m. and Arizona State at 2:45 pm. Saturday, and Stanford on Sunday at 8 a.m.

 

MPSF Match

Aquatics Center

 

#5 Hawaii 12            San Jose State 9

Hawaii                        5            4            3            0            --            12

San Jose State            1            2            2            4            --            9

 

Scoring

Hawaii - Leonie Van Der Molen 3, Monika Eggens 3, Amarens Genee 2, Carmen Eggens 2, Dagmar Genee, Saara Majuri.

San Jose State - Timi Molnar 6, Dani Curran, Adriana Vogt, Allie Stewart.

 

Saves

Hawaii - Serena Bredin 5; San Jose State - Meagan Minson 10.

 

Ejections

Hawaii - 10; San Jose State - 6.

 

Records - Hawaii 1-0, 1-0; San Jose State 6-3, 0-1.

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